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[wes-ter-nahyz] /ˈwɛs tərˌnaɪz/
verb (used with object), westernized, westernizing.
to influence with ideas, customs, practices, etc., characteristic of the Occident or of the western U.S.
Also, especially British, westernise.
Origin of westernize
1830-40; western + -ize
Related forms
westernization, noun
unwesternized, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • We have thus succeeded in isolating ourselves from the masses: we have been westernised.

    Freedom's Battle Mahatma Gandhi
  • Like his father, he hated politics; and westernised India is nothing if not political.

    Far to Seek Maud Diver
  • On the other hand, the westernised Chinaman does not acquire the peculiar virtues of the Englishman.

    Changing China William Gascoyne-Cecil
  • Japan is not being westernised in the smallest degree: she is merely picking our brains.

    Japan Dorothy Menpes
  • Christianity is an Oriental religion no doubt, but it has been westernised.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • So westernised Japan has overcome her ancient rival and teacher, and Korea is humbled to the very dust.

    Changing China William Gascoyne-Cecil
British Dictionary definitions for westernised


(transitive) to influence or make familiar with the customs, practices, etc, of the West
Derived Forms
westernization, westernisation, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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